Closomat drafted in to make Wetherspoons’ £4.5m ‘super-pub’ accessible

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Adapted bathroom specialist Closomat has spearheaded efforts to make a 16,500 sq ft pub, believed to be the biggest in the country, accessible to disabled people.

The company installed a full Changing Places facility at the £4.5m Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate and brought in a full range of access and mobility equipment to ensure the pub is usable by all customers.   

The Royal Pavilion is the latest Wetherspoons to feature one of the specialist toilets, which offers more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet.

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On top of the usual fixtures the toilet incorporates a ceiling track hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, privacy screen, and height adjustable washbasin. It complements the standard toilet facilities, and is conveniently located alongside the other washrooms on the ground floor.

Closomat’s away from home specialist, Claire Haymes, commented: “Without the space and facilities a Changing Places provides, potentially up to 14million people- and their carers- in the UK can’t find, or use- suitable toilets when away from home. They may need help to be lifted out of a wheelchair, they may need extra space for someone else to be in there and help them, they may need changing. JD Wetherspoon is the only major pub chain committed to providing the facilities in as many of its venues as possible.”

Meanwhile, architect Barry Goacher of KDPaine & Associates said: “JD Wetherspoon has a established, ongoing commitment to providing quality venues- right through to the toilets, indeed it has won several Loo of the Year Awards. It was therefore a key element of our brief in designing the new pub to ensure that reputation was maintained, and that a Changing Places was included so the pub’s doors would be truly open to all.”

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